Law & Government

Tensions skyrocket as COVID-19 fears grip Arizona detention center

Rodrigo Martínez was certain he had a fever. Gasping for air, he said, felt like breathing pepper. It burned. 

ASU, GCU get largest COVID-19 aid checks in the nation

The largest single payout of COVID-19 aid money to a higher education institution will go to Arizona State University, which will receive a $63.5 million grant as part of the behemoth $2 trillion CARES Act.

COVID-19 pandemic highlights gaps in Ariz. broadband internet access

Arizona lawmakers are urging congressional leaders to prioritize emergency funding for high-speed internet access in upcoming COVID-19 relief legislation.

Small businesses face ‘Kafkaesque’ process to claim critical loans

Applying for the federal loan that could determine whether Scott Stephens’s two Phoenix restaurants survive the COVID-19 economic crisis quickly devolved into a Kafkaesque experience.

Arizona tribes to get $37 million for COVID-19 affordable housing

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is giving $37 million to Arizona’s 21 Native American tribes to fund housing needs during the COVID-19 crisis. 

COVID-19 turns a $1 billion surplus into a (maybe) $1 billion deficit

Two months ago, lawmakers were arguing about how to spend an estimated $1 billion budget surplus. Today, legislative number crunchers said their best guess right now is that the state faces a $1.1 billion deficit due to the COVID-19 crisis. 

Arizonans needing quick unemployment relief find only an overwhelmed system

On March 20, Meschelle Hornstein was furloughed from her job as a server at a Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport restaurant. It had been five days since she’d worked a shift, as COVID-19 had hammered the travel industry, with airlines slashing the number of flights and would-be travellers staying home.

Are Arizonans too dumb to be trusted with direct democracy?

Arizonans pride themselves on being an independent bunch. We prefer our politicians as mavericks instead of sheep. We relish our ability to craft our own laws and outright reject those made by legislators.

Congressional Dems want more federal cash to combat hunger during pandemic

Democratic lawmakers want to prioritize food insecurity in the next round of COVID-19 relief legislation.

Court lets Yuma police, fire departments know all COVID-19 cases in county

A Yuma County judge last week ordered that county’s director of public health to provide the Yuma Police and Fire departments the names and addresses of all people in the county who have tested positive for COVID-19 and those with pending test results. 
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